Blues pioneer B.B. King will be celebrated by Slash, Keb’ Mo’, Jimmie Vaughan, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and more at Icon: The Life and Legacy of B.B. King. The live benefit tribute is set for Sept. 1 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California.
Rounding out the talent lineup are Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Joe Louis Walker. Music director for the evening will be Jimmy Vivino, joined by his Basic Cable Band from the Conan show. Presented by partners the Grammy Foundation and Grammy Museum and sponsored in part by Gibson USA, Icon: The Life and Legacy of B.B. King will be hosted by Grammy Foundation VP Scott Goldman. A pre-event VIP reception will also be held.
Nicknamed the King of the Blues, King released more than 50 albums during a career dating back to the 1940s. Best known for such classics as “3 O’Clock Blues” and “The Thrill Is Gone,” King was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. The 15-time Grammy Award winner also received the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987. King died at the age of 89 on May 14, 2015.